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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 10:42

More of the Measles Outbreak

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials say a measles outbreak that began among Amish who had traveled to the Philippines now involves 21 cases confirmed over three counties.

The state Department of Health reports the number of cases in Knox County in north-central Ohio has increased to 19. Nearby Richland and Wayne counties each have one confirmed case of the highly contagious respiratory illness.

Officials say the outbreak began with unvaccinated travelers who visited the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.

Officials are urging vaccination to limit the Ohio outbreak. In Morrow County, adjacent to Knox County, health officials plan a free immunization clinic Wednesday evening for anyone who hasn't received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

Measles is caused by a virus. The symptoms include fevers, coughs, rashes and pink eye.

Monday, 28 April 2014 09:30

Officials Trying to Track Tick Population

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Public health officials say it's difficult to know the exact size of Ohio's rising tick population after funding cuts to a monitoring program.
 
   The Columbus Dispatch reports the bugs and the diseases they carry, such as Lyme disease, become bigger concerns in warm weather.
 
   Ohio's incidence of Lyme disease, spread by the black-legged tick, has reached a 20-year high. Recorded cases rose from 44 in 2008 to 93 last year.
 
   At the same time, state lawmakers cut funding last year to a program that monitors ticks and other disease-spreading insects. A midterm budget bill passed by the Ohio House restores program funding. The measure still needs Ohio Senate and gubernatorial approval.
 
   State entomologist Richard Gary said Ohio relies on education campaigns to limit cases of insect-bourne disease.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:35

Update: Measles, Mumps Outbreak in Ohio

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Local and State health departments urge immunizations 
Sunday, 27 April 2014 09:44

Public Warned of Sinkhole Danger in Muskingum Co.

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Sinkhole risk at old Zanesville  mine
 
   ZANESVILLE, Ohio- County and state officials have issued a warning about possible sinkholes developing above an abandoned limestone mine in Muskingum Co. and are asking the public to avoid the area.
 
   The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recommend that the public stay away from the area of the former Columbia Cement mine in Muskingum County near White Cottage, southwest of Zanesville.
 
   County EMA Director Bo Keck says the state has investigated the area and found it to be unsafe. Keck says there was a sinkhole in March and more are possible.
 
   Keck says four-wheelers and hunters are being told to stay off the property and two land owners in the area were informed.
 
   State and local officials say they will continue to investigate and develop a safety plan.
 
Regarding their findings, the ODNR has issued the following statement:
 
“ODNR experts have investigated the subsidence issues on the Maysville Water Company property and determined conditions exist for more subsidence features to develop. Out of an abundance of caution, it’s ODNR’s recommendation that people stay off the entire property located above the abandoned limestone mine and residents of any homes in the affected area vacate immediately. No one can predict when and if additional subsidence features will occur, so the prudent decision is for people to avoid the area altogether. ODNR, along with state and federal officials, will continue to monitor and investigate the situation and work to develop a remediation and safety plan.”
 

 

Sunday, 27 April 2014 09:38

Ohio Exotic Animal Crackdown Continues

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 1 in 3 who own exotic animals in Ohio lacks permit
Friday, 25 April 2014 10:22

Guernsey County Drug Drop-Off

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Residents may dispose of drugs anonymously and without penalty
 
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:44

Tourism Industry attends Workshop

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Columbus, Ohio (April 21, 2014) – Recently five Guernsey County tourism industry partners traveled to Columbus, Ohio to learn about creating and distributing good social media content. The Focus on Tourism Workshop sponsored by the Ohio Travel Association was held at the office of the Columbus Dispatch.

Kim Israel (l) and Kitrina Mazaher, Living Word Outdoor Drama; Shauna Hearing, Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau; Kim Valentine, Dickens Victorian Village and Donna Hill, Cambridge Main Street learned how to create content that appeals to the intended audience and heard tips for organizing and building a development process and examined best practices for ensuring content is distributed to, and discovered by the target audience.

Presenters were Betsy Decillis, CCO, Betsy A. Decillis Consulting; Jenna Dill, Tourism Marketing Manager for Athens County CVB: Megumi Robinson, Account Manager, Geben Communications and Ty Pierce, Multimedia Services Manager, Ohio Historical Society.

For information on attractions and events in Cambridge/Guernsey County check out the social media pages by logging onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com or call 740-432-2022 or toll free 800-933-5480. The Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau is located in Historic Downtown Cambridge at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200. Hours of operation are 8am-5pm Monday – Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.

 

 

Move "puts district at risk financially"
Sunday, 06 April 2014 09:06

Man Dies in Ohio Plane Crash

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Pilot killed  Southern Ohio
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